Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout, aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one, the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gurthnar (4788) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle at Black night 10/2015. Many thanks to MisoW for sharing. This is the first beer to break my 4.8 points virginity. Paradoxically it is the first one above 4.6 that does not feature any prominent swag element. This is a beer for experienced and demanding drinker, not someone looking for exotic hype. This is how imperial stouts should be barrel aged. Pitch colour. No fancy aroma - only bold adult roasted malts. Stuff for big boys. Not overly complex, but intense and showcasing its strength, the same way that your favourite scotch single malt whisky does. Taste on the other hand is full of greatness. Bourbon notes are prominent, as is alcohol. Never gets to the point of booziness, rather a pleasant warmth letting you know that you are drinking no pilsener. Also woody and lots of roasted flavours, coffee, dark chocolate. Balanced intense sweetness and intense roasted bitterness. Long warming bourbon finish urging you to take in more into your system. Oh boy, is this a great beer... Mr. Data, Mr. Data. Find the nearest replicator.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (354) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 14, 2014. Beer Mavens dinner at beerbistro. ~8 months cellared. Very dark beer with dark tan head. Very boozy bourbon aroma with hints of wood. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cuso (7552) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle at Black night, kindly shared by MisoW. Almost black color with medium beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, fresh fruity notes, vanilla. Taste, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, wood, light dark fruits. Long coffee, chocolate finish. Extremely tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KoNrRiI (1157) - Århus, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2015
0.75 bottle. Pitch black color with a small, brown head of very good retention; nonetheless, props for the wax-sealed bottle. Refined aroma of wood, plums, roasted malts, port wine, some molasses, bourbon, earth, tobacco, and miscellaneous dark fruits. Taste is rich; first comes in a robust maltiness, then dark fruits, again bourbon and port wine, wood has a primary significance here with all the barrel flavors strongly marking their presence. A full body, a thick texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is long, fruity, molasses increases its prominence. Overall a marvelous beer, a splendid display of the Canadian brewing art. The local, mostly mediocre, scene needs such exemplary pieces to develop in a right direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MisoW (3060) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle fro Axl, my secret Santa, many thanks. Pours black color, beige head. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, coffee, dill, cherries, vanilla, hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, chocolate, cherries, chilli, roasted malt, vanilla, cherry, dill, alcohol is quite well hidden, coconut, wood. Axl, this was the highlight of the box, many, many thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartmanDrinks (12) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Looks like a copper topped dark stout, smells like roasted brown sugar, and tastes like your thoroughbred just won the derby.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (256) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
750 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a dense black with half a finger of head. Aroma: Firewood, bourbon, spice, molasses, vanilla, flint\gun powder. Flavours: Bourbon, molasses, oak, tobacco, hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. Overall: A very good and unusual stout. The bourbon and molasses aroma are strong along with this flint aroma that I’ve gotten on South African Pinotage but never before in a beer. Just the aromas make this one worth getting. Nice and complex with lots of layers of aroma and flavour. Well balanced overall and the alcohol isn’t overly noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Helsdon (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle bought at my local LCBO. Yay Nickel Brook! Been waiting for you to nail one. And they did with Kentucky Bastard. Pour with a thin but very dark brown head, dark opaque coffee brown. Aromas of cherry, vanilla and the bourbon. Taste rich and full with cherries, coffee, bourbon, roasty malts. Moderate-low carbonation making a nice creamy mouth-feel. Excellent beer. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (477) - - MAY 23, 2014
A 750ml bottle cellared for 4 months. Pours very dark brown, with a foamy brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of mocha, chocolate milk, and alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, malts, red fruits mainly cherries. Very boozy with bourbon undertones to the whole affair. Overall this is an in your face 10 percenter. Will appeal to lovers of coffee oriented beers, and has a nice warming booziness for those who enjoy that sort of thing. Recommended as a sipper. A definite re-buy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3758) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle - 750ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and an average, brown foamy head. Fantastic, rich, robust malty/hoppy aroma with bourbon, canilla, chocolate, and oaky hints. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Its very well balanced, complex malty/hoppy taste carries bourbon, oaky, chocolate, roasty, licorice, and plummy notes. Texture is soft and bittersweet finish is long, strong, and warming. A gem.

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